Chocolate vine (5 leaflets)
A semi evergreen fast growing twining woody vine, with dark green rounded leaves with 5 leaflets, underside of leaves blue-green colour, tinged purple in winter. Chocolate purple coloured fragrant flowers resemble vanilla, flowers from March to April, the purple-violet sausage shaped edible fruits up to 9cm long and ripen in the autumn. Used in Chinese medicine. Stems can be used in basketry.
Fully hardy can withstand temp down to -15°C